In an address in Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump laid out his vision for America’s future, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to secure the southern border and strengthen national security.
Speaking to a crowd of fervent supporters, the GOP frontrunner outlined a comprehensive plan that resonated with Republicans across the nation as he didn’t mince words when critiquing President Joe Biden’s border policies.
He characterized them as “open borders” policies that endanger American sovereignty. Promising swift action, he pledged to terminate each of these policies “immediately” upon his return to Washington, evoking the legacy of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“Upon my inauguration, I will immediately terminate every Open Borders policy of the Biden administration. Following the Eisenhower Model, we will carry out the largest domestic deportation operation in American History,” the GOP frontrunner said.
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One of the key elements of Trump’s plan involves invoking the Alien Enemies Act to target known and suspected gang members, including those affiliated with notorious groups like MS-13. He argued that the U.S. faces a significant threat from drug dealers and cartel members from some of the world’s “worst gangs.”
He highlighted the substantial success of his first-term efforts in combating these threats, vowing to continue his fight against criminal elements.
Trump also expressed his intent to deploy troops and law enforcement officers from agencies like the DHS, DEA, ATF and FBI to enforce border laws effectively. He emphasized the need to allocate all necessary resources to halt the ongoing “invasion” at the southern border.
“I’ll make clear that we must use any and all resources needed to stop the invasion, including moving thousands of troops currently stationed overseas, guarding other people’s borders. We guard other people’s borders, but we don’t guard our own,” he added.
Trump called upon congressional Republicans to take immediate action to counter the surge of illegal immigrant crossings resulting from Biden’s policies. He urged them to “get tougher” on immigration and proposed banning the use of taxpayer dollars to release or resettle illegal aliens into the United States from Sept. 30.
“I’m calling on congressional Republicans to ban Joe Biden from using a single taxpayer dollar to release or resettle illegal aliens into the United States, effective September 30,” he said.
In a move that resonated strongly with his supporters, Trump also expressed his intention to reinstate and expand his travel ban. He recalled that the ban, which targeted countries with security concerns, was instrumental in safeguarding national security during his previous term.
“I will bring back the travel ban and expand it even further to keep Radical Islamic Terrorists out of our country,” Trump affirmed. He also announced his plans to utilize existing federal law to deny entry to communists and Marxists, ensuring that those who come to America do so out of love for the country.
As Trump currently leads the Republican field by a substantial margin in national polls, he continues to command the loyalty of a substantial conservative base. In Iowa, he enjoys a significant lead over his closest competitor, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as recent general election polls indicate that Trump would perform well in a hypothetical rematch against President Biden.